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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:44 AM
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DU Needs Your Help -- Visit our new DU3 software preview and start posting
Source: Democratic Underground

Many of you are aware that the DU administrators have been working on a complete overhaul of the DU software, which we call "DU3". We have been working hard for more than a year, and we are excited to open it up again for the fourth and final preview.

Please note that only DU members who registered before January 19, 2011 are eligible to log-in to participate in this preview. Everyone else can browse the site, but cannot log in. Please note that because we imported the DU user data in January, if you have changed your password here on DU since then, you will have to use the password you had back in January in order to log in to DU3. (If you don't know your password, you can use the DU3 lost password function to have a temporary password assigned.)

There are lots of new surprises waiting to be discovered! ;) Don't be shy about trying out all the features and functions -- this is just a preview, and the DU3 database will be wiped clean for the official launch.

The new software is available at a temporary address here on the DU server:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/du3

Please kick and rec this thread so more DUers can see it. Thanks.

Skinner
DU Admin

Read more: http://www.democraticunderground.com/du3
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katsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:49 AM
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1. kick/r
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Maven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:50 AM
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2. Can't log in
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 11:50 AM by Maven
I was definitely registered before the cutoff (Jan 19) although I wasn't, um, active. Right now it says my username doesn't exist. Skinner - will I be unable to try it?
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:13 PM
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12. I just sent you a PM (nt)
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:11 PM
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38. I joined in January, can't log in. If I 'create an account' will it mess up my current account???
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 05:13 PM by freshwest
I want to maintain my current screen name and password. TIA.

:hi:

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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:51 AM
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3. I'm hunting and pecking the password I've always used and never changed.
It's not letting me in because of that.
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:12 PM
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11. Try the password retrieval funtion
and see if it works.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:52 AM
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4. Where do you want us to put feature requests? n/t
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:54 AM
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5. It's asking me to update account information. Should I do this? n/t
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 02:48 PM
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36. Yes.
But you'll probably have to do it again when we have the official launch.
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:58 AM
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6. It's new, therefore I don't like it.
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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:00 PM
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7. rec
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Boudica the Lyoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:01 PM
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8. I'm in.
Well done lads!
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:03 PM
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9. I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...
And the flying monkeys scared the **** out of me(even before I ever saw them in color!)

But I'm willing to be dazzled when we all get to the Emerald City!

-F2C

P.S.
Thanks, as always, for all your hard work on our behalf.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:19 PM
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15. Be quiet Dorothy
:hi:
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pennylane100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:10 PM
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10. It will notl accept my log in information
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:27 PM
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40. Same here, I am becoming very frustrated. n/t
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:41 PM
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46. Have you tried the password retrieval function? (nt)
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:14 PM
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13. I like it, Skinner!! nt
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:18 PM
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14. Updated profile just fine
:thumbsup:
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wandago Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:32 PM
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16. What a mess! You guys couldn't organize a ham sandwich.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:15 PM
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24. Not getting off to a good start there
I found it to be quite easy to use and well organized.

But then some just can't handle change and would still be using cave drawings.
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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:33 PM
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17. I just went over to have a look. Looks pretty cool, but
one thing I did notise in posting a reply was the aparent absince of spill chick - not that I use it that much anyway. ;-)
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:41 PM
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18. 2 questions
Will our avatars be imported to DU3?

Will our journals be imported to DU3?

Thanks! DU3 looks so clean and bright :)
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:07 PM
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19. I logged in + was asked to participate in a 'jury.' I said yes, but the decision had already been...
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 01:08 PM by onehandle
...'rendered.' So for the 30 minutes, my options are limited, unless I leave the 'jury.'

If I choose not to leave the jury, will I be asked to 'serve' if another 'situation' comes up?

Or was that one 'situation' the only one that counts and I should leave the jury to get my posting privileges (etc) back?

If the latter is true, then the software should automatically end my 'service.'

Thanks.
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Po_d Mainiac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:11 PM
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20. You ain't gonna believe what you missed! n/t
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AmericaIsGreat Donating Member (611 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:14 PM
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21. The layout is not good
It just isn't.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:37 PM
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31. +1
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:55 PM
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34. +2
I agree. It's too...blah.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:15 PM
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22. bit buggy on jury
told me it was full but then went to main page and said I was still on then clicked whatever.. and left my opinion. That'd be a bug. Maybe a bed bug with tent monsters...
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Boudica the Lyoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:16 PM
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25. Did the same to me.
I had the same problem.
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dballance Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:15 PM
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23. Got Logged In and Updated my Info - It looks nice
I'll have to say I have the same repulse to new things as everyone else but the new site does look nice.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:23 PM
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26. Canot log in. Claims my user name cannot be found. n/t
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:32 PM
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30. Because you were not a DUer in Jan 2011
which is when the database of userids and passwords was copied for the test.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 03:37 PM
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37. Oh OK
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:28 PM
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41. I am having the same problem and have been a user long before Jan. 2011. n/t
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:08 PM
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43. That's strange - you do have a profile there
I just checked. Perhaps you'll have to get Skinner to take a look.
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DerekJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:26 PM
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27. Ok I need to be honest ..AWFUL is the keyword here.
STOP, change your CSS/Layout designer. not sure how to describe this but the current DU beats it hands down.
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riverbendviewgal Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:32 PM
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29. I do like this old way too
It is hard to adjust to new stuff at my age. I like the colours and stars and layout of present DU. \\

I don't twitter and I
don't text. I am visual and this resent DU is more visual.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:38 PM
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32. +1
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:30 PM
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28. I'm trying to figure out
why we even need a DU3. This one works quite fine, in my experience. And I've been around since 2002.

I did go there several months ago when you asked us to do that, and I found int MUCH clunkier and harder to use. I'm going to wait before checking it out this time around until more people start posting that they had no trouble getting on.

Plus, if I had to select a new password I have no idea what I might have chosen. Sigh. So many passwords. So many systems that have different, idiosyncratic requirements for the password which means even I, a relatively low-level computer user, need to keep track of at least fifteen different passwords.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:40 PM
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33. Won't let me log in, been here since 2004.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:29 PM
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42. Me neither. I am getting pissed. n/t
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 02:13 PM
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35. Well, it's no Free Republic, that's for sure.
:rofl:

I like the new site, and the new system you've put in place. Others' opinions may differ, though, I think.

The jury system is going to generate a lot of unease, until people see how well it's going to work.

I can't wait for it to go live on a permanent basis!
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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:50 PM
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39. I can't seem to find the GREATEST Page there.
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 06:38 PM by Duppers
The "old" DU's "Greatest Page" is my go-to page. We old geezer-ettes are quite set in our ways. ;)

:hi:

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:11 PM
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44. Click on the 'Latest Threads' tab, and you'll see a "most rec'd" button
near the top of the page, in buttons to the right of "Post a New Thread!"
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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:16 PM
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45. Ah, thank you!
:)
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 03:58 PM
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47. I've dipped my toes in, haven't plunged in headfirst, but ...
my big complaint re. layout is that my subscribed groups/forum now appear in a vertical column on the left, rather than in a compact, multi-column table at the top. This is one of the "features" that annoys me most about **many** different Web sites. It just doesn't make as efficient use of space, leads to titles wrapping around too much, and requires more scrolling. It doesn't make much sense to have this list constantly gobbling up screen space when I spend more time jumping from message to message, or thread to thread, than from group to group. If I'm looking at just one group/forum, I like to have the titles etc. *for that forum* running from margin to margin of the window. It makes for faster reading and a lot less scrolling. I would think by now some efficiency experts would have concluded the same thing, and recommended against the use of too many vertically-organized lists and menus.

{At least on DU3 the leftmost column doesn't require constant LEFT-TO-RIGHT scrolling to read lines of text that go off the right edge (hardwrap is the bane of laptop users). Sites that do this should put the lists/menus on the RIGHT edge where they can be accessed by scrolling if needed, but don't gobble up screen space when they're not needed.}

The new feature that I like best is the "latest post" (oh, and the fact that clicking on a name takes you to user info in the first place!), which is one I had suggested myself. Now, when someone disappears from DU for a while, we won't wonder if they really have gone silent -- we can check.
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